In response to a post at Sparky’s place; Ssg Mark CR left this comment about the recent Open Carry Rally at the Alamo.
I’m likely going to take some well deserved flames here, but here goes. Lets look at the words used to describe the Alamo, shrine, cemetery, reverent. I immediately think of any military cemetery up to and including Arlington.
I personally have a hard time thinking that ANY political demonstration for ANY cause would be acceptable here. I know I’m old and set in my ways. Perhaps Texas Colt Carry can throw some input into this to assuage my distaste for this event. But when I think of political demonstrations at cemeteries, especially a military one, I tend to think of a certain Baptist church in Kansas.
I’m not Texas Colt Carry and I’m not a native Texan so take my opinion for what you will.
Look up the words to describe battle fields all over the world; some of those same words could be used to describe them: shrine, reverent.Those words describe the feeling people have while considering the location; what makes the Alamo any more sacred then the battle field of Goliad or one of the dozens of homesteads where people were killed defending their land?
Nothing. We honor not the spot but the people who died there.
What makes that battle special; was it the odds – we Americans cherish our view of ourselves as the underdog so we often romanticize that aspect but I don’t think that is it entirely.
Nor is it the fact they were fighting for Independence although that is a factor; countless locations through out the country and the world have seen the same struggle.
Were the men who fought there particularly legendary; in all honesty – no. Oh, don’t get me wrong, legends have grown up around the people who fought there but they were just men. Average, ordinary people who were doing what they thought was the right thing.
And that is what makes the place special in my opinion.
The people who fought, and died to a person there, tried to do the right thing; gain their liberty. They did that with guns; ones that were openly carried and ones maintained in defiance of orders to be disarmed.
So while your view is that any political demonstration for any cause would be unacceptable; I completely disagree. I think the Open Carry Rally represents the values, the principles and the integrity of the men who died at the Alamo. I have to wonder if they wouldn’t be shaking their heads wondering what happened to the Republic they fought so valiantly to establish because if the simple carrying of a firearm openly is unacceptable; what does that say about what they did?